Registered sex offender steps down as Spartansburg Fire Chief

In an interview with JET 24 Roger Gilbert Junior confirms that he has officially resigned as Fire Chief of the Spartansburg Fire Department.

Gilbert says he has been a Spartansburg volunteer firemen for 25 years, starting as a junior fireman.   He spent five years as assistant chief, before being elected chief a year ago.   

In 2001, Gilbert pled no contest on charges of  sexual assault on a four-year-old girl.  Gilbert served his sentence.   He said since his release he has had the full support of the Spartansburg Fire Department and the community.  But, after recent reports in The Corry Journal were picked up by wire services and reported throughout the country, his family began to get death threats.  

Gilbert told JET 24, "My family and our community are being attacked.    I  didn't want that to continue.  All I have done for 18 years is good things. But outsiders are tearing us up.  I felt the best thing to do was back away."   Gilbert says besides resigning as chief, he has also resigned from the fire department.

About his situation, the former fire chief said..." It seems you can never do wrong and do good again."  And fearing for the safety of his family is why Gilbert is walking away from serving the community as he has for the past quarter of a century.



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